Chris Kirkwood

Tinie Tempah looks to return to the top with ‘Youth’ – Preview

Tinie Tempah looks to return to the top with ‘Youth’ – Preview

Tinie Tempah burst onto the scene in 2010 with his classic track Pass Out, now the rapper is trying to reclaim his crown with his new album ‘Youth’. His first album, ‘Disc-Overy’, was a massive hit but Tempah’s follow up Demonstration didn’t live up to the hype and he fell down a few pegs in the UK […]

 Alexander Beard

Pure Comedy by Father John Misty – Preview

Pure Comedy by Father John Misty – Preview

 April 7 will see the release of Father John Misty’s new album Pure Comedy. Misty (real name Joshua Tillman) initially found fame as the drummer for folk rock band Fleet Foxes, but he’s truly emerged as a generational talent under his current moniker.  Possessing a voice as impressive as his facial hair – he’s ditched […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Hidden Civil War: Akala and Ruth Nyimba Lead Talk on Class Warfare.

Hidden Civil War: Akala and Ruth Nyimba Lead Talk on Class Warfare.

Politicians, musicians and high profile celebrities are seldom found wandering the streets on their own. I had to look twice when I witnessed a passerby ask MOBO Award winning hip-hop aritst, Akala, for directions at the bottom of Northumberland Street on Saturday. Akala has become a leading figure in engaging young people and minorities within […]

 Jordan Davidson

Top 5 Gig Venues in the North East

Top 5 Gig Venues in the North East

Far too often I hear people saying “music isn’t as good as it used to be” as they reminisce about the good old days when promising new artists could be found on every street corner. To those people I say calmly but firmly “you’re wrong.”

The music scene, particularly in the North East, is every bit as vibrant and promising as it always was – you just have to look a little harder. And a big part of staying in touch with the fantastic artists that modern music has to offer is knowing where to go and see them live. […]

 Mark Tyers

INTERVIEW: TM talks Chipmunk, Makina and NE Grime

Spennymoor Grime MC talks Chip, Makina and NE Grime ahead of his upcoming gig at Independent, Sunderland

  Spennymoor Grime MC Matty Topping [TM] has been making waves in the North East Grime scene for a few years and signed with Knowledge Is Power Promotions last year. Mark Tyers caught up with TM ahead of his upcoming gig at Independent, Sunderland and got his take on his career to date. MT: You […]

 Mark Tyers

INTERVIEW: Comin’ Straight from the Underground: The Just B

WARNING: There is strong language in the videos.

Since the release of their first album, and a memorable headline slot at Static, North East Grime duo HB (Newcastle’s H-Man and Ashington’s Just B) are arguably the hottest thing in the local underground rap-scene right now and they’re only just warming up.  Mark Tyers caught up with Just B to get his take on […]

 Mark Tyers

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Young Sceptic (aka Rob Leatham) has been running The Hip-Hop Show on Spark FM since 2014 and has also started to host a monthly live rap night at Sunderland’s Independent music-venue. In this interview with Mark Tyers he talks about meeting Tim Westwood and some of his other music idols, life with Dyslexia and some […]

 Luke Smith

Billy Talent set to return with a new album and UK tour cycle

Billy Talent set to return with a new album and UK tour cycle

Ontario punk rock royalty Billy Talent have just announced the title and release date of their fifth studio album. Afraid Of Heights is due for release on July 29th and is now available for pre order via iTunes. Following the release of the albums debut single of the same name, Billy Talent also announced that […]

 Mark Tyers

Ballad Of The Princess – Leddie MC takes stock of her career to date

Ballad Of The Princess – Leddie MC takes stock of her career to date

Leddie MC is one the North East’s best rappers and producers and one half of Middlesbrough duo L&S.  Fresh from her first gig in 18 months, Mark Tyers talks with Leddie about supporting The Game and Chester P, career lows, getting engaged, her solo EP and L&S’s next album.   MT: So how did last […]

 Adam Bloomfield

Top Ten Party Songs

Top Ten Party Songs

With summer coming up very soon, I decided to pick my top ten party songs and see if it gets people up and shaking their booty until the summer sun goes down…   Cheap Thrills – Sia feat. Sean Paul Come on, come on turn the radio on.   2. Hello – Martin Solveig & […]